What to make of Kiwoom becoming a major league cadet.
Things are looking up for Kiwoom Heroes. Signature star Lee Jung-hoo has confirmed his entry into the US Major League. He’s going to the San Francisco Giants. He knew he was going, but he didn’t expect to be treated like this. It’s a huge deal: up to six years and a total of $113 million (about $149 billion).
Kiwoom can’t help but be excited. The pride of seeing their players get global attention and make it to the big leagues, and the money to boot. Kiwoom will receive $18.82 million from San Francisco for sending Lee through the posting system. That’s nearly $25 billion in Korean won.
This is the fourth major league player to come out of Kiwoom (including the former Nexen). The first was Jung-ho Kang, who was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates before the 2015 season. Kiwoom collected $5.15 million in posting fees at the time.
With momentum on their side, the Heroes succeeded in “exporting” slugger Byung-ho Park to the Minnesota Twins in the winter of 2015. It was a big deal, worth up to $18 million over five years, and he received a whopping $12.85 million in compensation at the time. Up until this point, posting was different than it is today: it was a “bidding” system, 안전놀이터 with the team with the highest offer getting the right to negotiate.
Kim, who signed with the San Diego Padres ahead of the 2021 season, was the first player to take advantage of the new system.
He agreed to a four-year, $28 million deal, with $5 million, or 20 percent of the $25 million, plus $525,000, or 17.5 percent of the $3 million overage, for a total of $5.52 million.
Because Lee exceeded the $50 million total, he was awarded $9.37 million in compensation up to $50 million, plus $9.45 million, or 15 percent of the $50 million overage, for a total of $18.82 million. Kiwoom has sent out four players in the last 10 years, totaling $42.15 million. At today’s exchange rate, that’s a staggering $55.7 billion.
That’s a lot of big names for a small organization. Let’s take a look at the positives. First, we have to praise Kiwoom’s ability to develop players. Whether it’s a rookie or a trade acquisition, he has a great eye for potential players. He gives them plenty of opportunities from a young age. It could be argued that the roster is thin, so there’s a lot of room for younger players, but it’s clear that Kiwoom prioritizes the development of young players. There’s no point in being a professional team if you’re just developing players without winning, but the team hasn’t done too badly, advancing to the Korean Series last season.
It should also be noted that the annual deficit is a wake-up call to professional teams that are actually operated as a means of group promotion and social contribution. The self-sustainability of a professional organization that is able to make a profit without the help of a group should be praised.
But that’s just the business side of things, and from a fan’s perspective, it leaves something to be desired.
It’s fun to watch a player develop, but if they’re good enough, they’ll leave one day. It’s not uncommon for players to grow up with the opportunity to play baseball at a young age and dream of making it big with another team. They are sold to rich domestic teams, 토토사이트 순위 if not necessarily overseas. Without a franchise star, fans’ loyalty is bound to drop and the team’s reason for existence disappears.
Of course, there are “selling clubs” in the major leagues. But even they invest when they need to win. Cultivation is different. If we continue on our current path, we will be a selling club forever. Right now, Kim Hye-sung is motivated to challenge the major leagues after this season. Kiwoom fans watching this should laugh or cry.